NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – With just two weeks to the implementation of the total ban on plastic bags, the Ministry of Environment and National Resources in conjunction with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is circulating information aims to educate Kenyans on how the ban will be rolled out.
The ban which will take effect on 28th August 2017, was gazetted on February 28, 2017, to tackle the huge waste in the country that has become a real challenge to the environment.
The total ban on all plastic bags affects manufacturers who produce carrier and flat bags constructed with handles, manufacturers who use bags to package manufactured goods for use in sectors such as food, tea industry, agriculture, fisheries, Livestock, floriculture, horticulture among others.
However, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers has petitioned President Uhuru Kenyatta to lift the ban on the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic bags, arguing that it will have dangerous consequences on the economy.
KAM Chief Executive Phyllis Wakaiga says if the ban takes effect, the country will lose Sh5.2 billion in taxes and affect over 600,000 jobs in a country facing unemployment challenges.
Here are the 15 frequently asked questions about the ban.